• Veronika Jel

REVIEW: 'You' Season 3: With Love On My Side I Can't Lose


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Season 3 of You hit Netflix only a week ago, and it’s already become a massive success. Everywhere you look, you’ll find fan theories, opinion pieces, and character rankings. And while no one’s take is the same, we can all agree on one thing: Love (Victoria Pedretti) is the true MVP of the season.


Here’s a quick recap of the show so far: Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a lonely bookseller, is on the search for his one true love. Sounds romantic, right? Except he’s a stalker, a sociopath, and an experienced serial killer.


In season 2, Joe meets his match in Love Quinn. At first, it seems that she is going to be his next victim. Someone he’ll stalk and eventually murder. But Love is different. She’s like Joe. She has a killing streak, and she’s not at all repulsed by Joe’s actions.


The new season starts with Love and Joe having a son. They move to the suburbs, to a place called Madre Linda, full of rich mommy bloggers and pretentious anti-vaxxers. And they have a go at being a family.


The last two seasons were all about Joe and his stalker behavior. Going into season 3, many of us felt reluctant. Joe and his obsessions are fascinating, but they do get repetitive. Boy meets girl, boy ends up murdering people because of her. What else is new?


When this season opens with Joe pining for his neighbor, Natalie (Michaela McManus), we as the viewers think we know where this is going. But surprise, surprise, we forgot about the beautifully chaotic and impulsive Love. Instead of Joe’s crush being a slow burn with a tragic end, Natalie’s gone by the end of episode one.


Where Joe is a creature of habit, a calculating sociopath caught up in a vicious cycle, Love is almost the opposite. She keeps us on our toes. She’s reckless. Unhinged. Never stops to think. She can get to Joe in ways no one else can.

What we get this season is so much better than expected. Instead of Joe’s creepy attempts at finding love, it largely focuses on two murderers trying (and failing) to be a semi-functional family. We see them attempt to do normal things. Open a bakery. Go to therapy. Befriend the judgmental neighbors.


Oh, and bury a body in front of their infant child.



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This season is exciting because it’s fresh. It manages to be new while still maintaining that You core that we all fell in love with back in season 1.


And we have Love to thank.


Where Joe is a creature of habit, a calculating sociopath caught up in a vicious cycle, Love is almost the opposite. She keeps us on our toes. She’s reckless. Unhinged. Never stops to think. She can get to Joe in ways no one else can.


Together, they make for an interesting pair.


The first half of the season taps into their fun dynamic brilliantly. But then, for some reason, we revert a bit. Joe develops a new crush on Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). She’s lovely, but we’ve seen it before. Bring back the suburban murder couple, I say. Bring back Love.


The second half of the season is slower and predictable. It’s almost as if the writers thought they went too far from the original premise and tried to go back.


But I didn’t want them to go back. What this season did well was reinvent itself. The first half of season 3 was You at its very best. Love now lives rent-free in my head.


Season 3 was a breath of fresh air and possibly my favorite season so far. Making Love a main character was a stroke of genius. It gave us all the shocks and twists that we were craving. Now that season 4 has been announced, I just hope we won’t go back to square one.